Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

eyesDirector: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick, Frederic Raphael (Screenplay) Arthur Schnitzler (Novel)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Rade Serbedzija, Todd Field, Vinessa Shaw, Sky Du Mont

 

Plot: A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Intense Thriller

 

Story: Eyes Wide Shut starts as Dr William Harford (Cruise) and his wife Alice (Kidman) attend a high society party hosted by Victor Ziegler (Pollack). At the party, Alice is wooed by a rich man at the party while William is almost seduced by two beautiful models before covering up an incident for Ziegler.

The next night the two find themselves arguing about what happened at the party which leads to the revelation that Alice almost cheated on William once before during the marriage. Wondering the streets after helping a patient he visits his old friend Nick Nightingale (Field) who is a pianist at selective parties which gives William a chance to explore a sexual underworld putting his own life in danger in the process.

 

Thoughts on Eyes Wide Shut

 

StoryWhen you look into this story, this is an erotic mystery thriller that shows what happens when you start to question you own marriage by going into the sexual underworld. We see how when William questions his own position what he tries puts not only his own life but everyone he knows life in danger in what feels like a cult heavy story of the rich and famous society. To think this film is over 2 and half hours long is amazing because it never seems to drag which when you try to simplify this story it sounds like an easy hour and half film.

Mystery/ThrillerThe mystery in this film is created once we are left to wonder just what William has gotten himself into, who are these people, why are the people he knows changing after than night, we get plenty of questions that lead to the thrilling side of the story that just keeps us guessing throughout.

Characters/PerformancesWilliam is the almost betrayed husband seeking something for his own desire like what his wife did but what he finds becomes he need to cover up his own action to protect his family. Every other character does just feel like somebody from within the mysterious cult that is following William. Performance wise this is brilliant from both Cruise and Kidman with everyone else give great performances for their few scenes.

SettingsThe streets of New York show just how lost in his life William is as the houses he finds himself in are all expensive houses, hotels or mansion to show how easily he could become part of this world.

Final ThoughtsI can see why people did enjoy this one and you can see just how brilliant Kubrick was as a director because each scene is filled with tension with excellent use of music. I didn’t enjoy this one that much even though I did think it was made so well with brilliant performances throughout.

 

Overall: Masterfully made movie that just wasn’t my cuppa tea.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 5 – Bart The General

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Season 1

Episode 5 – Bart The General

 

Plot SynopsisAfter being beaten up by Nelson Muntz one too many times, Bart turns to Grampa for help, and soon leads a rebellion against the school bully.

What is going on reallyIn this episode we see how Lisa makes cakes for her teacher refusing to give the rest of the family including Bart one who is forced to be nice to her just to get one cupcake.

When one of the bullies in the school smashes the cakes Bart stands up for Lisa only to find himself being the victim of Nelson Mutz the school’s big bully. When Nelson threatens Bart the school see him as a hero when Nelson isn’t around but Bart has nightmares about what Nelson will do to him.

Bart takes his beating hoping it will be a one off but Nelson wants to make this a daily routine, this leads to Homer having to be man to man with Bart while Marge wants to go the principal.

When Bart tries to fight back he finds himself back to square one and going to Grandpa Simpson for advice. Grandpa takes Bart to Herman a war veteran used to combat as he leads the rest of the kids in a battle against the bullies with Bart being their General.

Prepared the kids go into battle against the bullies showing how to stand up to the bullies that have tortured them for years with Nelson getting a taste of his own medicine.

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Final ThoughtsIn this episode we see however much Bart and Lisa fight Bart will always defend her against anyone, this also tackles the problems with bully in its own way with Bart having to stand up for all the kids. This has glimpses of how parents must deal with seeing their child going through bullying. This is a good episode that also shows how kids can get up to trouble over a couple of days too.

Rating 4/5